So Who's Gonna Pre-order an Xbox 360 Twin Sticks?
Microsoft has the balls to ask during a live broadcast and right in front of the producer.
In case you haven't heard by now, Sega and Hori have announced final release details on the Xbox 360 Twin Sticks peripheral.
Assuming Hori secures enough pre-orders, the device will ship out on November 12. Buyers will have to shell out ¥30,000. As a comparison, the Xbox 360 Arcade pack costs ¥19,800.
This is what your hard-earned yen will get you:
Impressed enough to put your money down? Well it doesn't matter, because I'm pretty sure most of my readers aren't based in Japan.
But let's see what the hardcore Virtual On fans here in Japan think! During the Nico Nico Video live broadcast of the Virtual On Night live gaming event, where details on the product were announced, Microsoft posted the following poll:
[end_p text="The results of the poll and more, after the jump" /]
The poll asks a simple question: will you pre-order the Twin Sticks. The possible answers, left to right, top to bottom, are I will pre-order it!, I will pre-order it with Virtual-On, I will pre-order it with Xbox 360 and Virtual-On, and I will not pre-order it.
Here are the results:
While 63.5% said they won't pre-order, it looks like 29.1% are hardcore enough to put their ¥30,000 down.
There were about 15,000 viewers at the time of the poll, so assuming everyone was telling the truth, that equals around 5,000 buyers.
Hori hasn't said how many people will be required in order to push the product through to production. The product will be cancelled if there aren't enough pre-orders.
Of course, it's doubtful that everyone who said they'd pre-order actually will. Also, even if someone does place a pre-order with Hori, they don't have to put their money down until the product's production is finalized. Sega appears to be working on the honor system here, as they're merely asking that people not place pre-orders unless they really have the intention of buying the device.
I was among the 29.1% who said they'd pre-order, but I have no intention of buying that ugly, ugly device.
Now if Hori had implemented something like 4gamer's Twin Sticks, I might have had a different reaction.